Greg Kostraba

Program Director

February 16, 2009 marked the beginning of my second go-around at WBAA. I worked here as a Program Host/Producer from 1995 to 2001, hosting classical music, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the weekly 20th century classical music series “The Kostraba Conundrum.” After a short stint as PD at a public radio station in Kansas, I moved with my family to Toledo to serve as Classical Music Director at WGTE-FM, staying for seven years. Among my highlights in Toledo, I was fortunate to win the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for "Radio Producer of the Year" for my monthly in-studio performance program “Live From FM 91” and special programs celebrating the life and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler.

Aside from my family, my passion in life is playing the piano. I have master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. You may have heard my performance of William Grant Still’s Kaintuck’ with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Performance Today or seen me as soloist with the Lafayette and Purdue Symphony Orchestras or playing chamber music on the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series. I was also a semifinalist at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004 and produced the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD on the Cambria label. Most recently, I was featured on two recordings of music by Rick Sowash on the composer’s own label. My favorite gig, though, may have been playing on a weekly basis in the Rusty’s Jazz Café Big Band in Toledo with my late father, the bandleader Dan Terry, in the audience.

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Arts & Culture
9:13 am
Wed April 2, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Friends of JAM

WBAA's Greg Kostraba talks to Scott Pazera with Friends of JAM about the organization, their upcoming events and Jazz Appreciation Month, which takes place each April nationwide.

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Arts & Culture
9:43 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society 3/30 concert preview

The next Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society performance takes place Sunday, March 30th at 4:00 p.m. at Fowler Hall in Purdue's Stewart Center. TCMS Artistic Director Margot Marlatt and two of the concert's featured musicians, cellist Sara Wollan and pianist Marc Loudon, recently came to the WBAA studios to talk about the concert, which features music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Gaspar Cassadó.

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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Lafayette Symphony 3/1 Concert Preview

Nicholas Palmer and José Valencia lead the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in the LSO's annual "Keller Concert," Saturday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. 6th Street in Lafayette. Maestro Palmer recently came to the WBAA studios to talk about the concert, which features winners of the orchestra's Keller Competition.

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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Simone Dinnerstein Preview 2/27

Purdue Convocations brings pianist Simone Dinnerstein to Loeb Playhouse for a performance Thursday evening at 7:30. She recently discussed the program, and her wide-ranging musical interests.

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Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Wabash Valley Youth Symphony Preview 2/23

David Glover leads the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony in the orchestra’s annual Concerto Concert, Sunday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Richard Jaeger Theater at Jefferson High School. He recently joined two of the soloists to talk about the concert.

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Arts & Culture
9:49 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Holiday Programs for Thanksgiving Day

Giving Thanks (8-10am FM101.3): Whether you’re up early in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or relaxing after the feast, Giving Thanks provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words. With music and stories for Thanksgiving, its Giving Thanks.

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Yo-Yo Ma
11:09 am
Fri November 15, 2013

A conversation with Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott give a sold out performance at Loeb Playhouse Sunday, November 17th at 3:00 p.m. Greg Kostraba talks with the cellist about the program.

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Arts & Culture
11:05 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Beethoven! Beethoven!

David Glover leads the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony in an all-Beethoven concert Sunday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center.

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Arts & Culture
5:01 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The New Harmony Music Festival and School Preview

The New Harmony Music Festival & School takes place July 7th through 13th in New Harmony, Indiana. Lafayette-native Christopher Layer, who began the festival in 2012, recently joined WBAA’s Greg Kostraba in our studios to talk about the origins of the festival and what’s taking place this year, including the final concert hosted by Fred Child from Performance Today that we will broadcast Sunday, July 21st at 3 p.m. and repeated on Friday, July 26th at 1 p.m. on 101.3 FM and www.wbaa.org.

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Arts & Culture
10:24 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Conversation and performance with violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Rachel Barton Pine performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in e minor with the Lafayette Symphony Saturday evening April, 27 at 7:30 at the Long Center. She talks with WBAA’s Greg Kostraba about her career, including her upcoming solo turn with the LSO. She also performs music by Brahms and Piazzolla in our studios.

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